One minute, it looked like the Cronulla Sharks were headed for victory. The next, an intercept try for James Roberts gave the Gold Coast Titans their first win of the season.
With the final score finishing up at 24-22, it was a close affair for the entire duration of the game as the Sharks lifted as a team and were poised to win.
With several players celebrating milestones, it was ultimately errors from the Sharks side that led to their loss, with the Titans instead celebrating a much-needed win.
The last minute try broke the hears of the Sharks fans, though they can be pleased with the overall side of their team and of Jack Bird, who was solid for the club on his debut.
Still only 19, Bird produced a solid first-up display with some powerful touches, big fends and solid runs. There was also a debutant for the Titans, with youngster Kane Elgey showing why he is so highly rated.
With solid touches, solid attacking ability and creativity, Elgey looked at home in his debut game, in what Titans fans hope is set to continue moving forward.
The opportunities to score went back and forth with both teams having their chances to get something more out of the game.
There was also a touch of controversy, with the Sharks disallowed a try due to an alleged obstruction by hooker, Michael Ennis.
Knowing how much effort his team put in, Flanagan was left disappointed by the late loss they suffered.
“That was just heartbreaking,” Flanagan said.
“They worked really hard and tried really hard… the effort was outstanding but that’s just not good enough in this competition, you need to play smart as well.”
After a turbulent few weeks for the Titans club, coach Neil Henry was just pleased to get a win and praised his side’s effort.
“It was a great win for the boys, we’ve had a couple of tight losses,” Henry said.
With the win their first of the year and a much-needed one, club captain Nate Myles hopes the victory can create that winning vibe at the club.
“Having been through some tough times like we have gone through it’s good, it’s a little bit of a confidence-booster.”
Player of the Game:
3. James Roberts
2. Michael Gordon
1. Nate Myles
Gold Coast Titans 24 (James Roberts 2, Dave Taylor, Agnatius Paasi tries; Aidan Sezer 4 goals) defeated Cronulla Sharks 22 (Valentine Holmes 2, Michael Ennis tries; Michael Gordon 5 goals) at Remondis Stadium. Crowd: 9,566.